Global Haiku • Spring 2009
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Bill Seger

Hodge Podge
The haiku of Billy Seger

Bill Seger

Hodge Podge is a collection of, what I believe to be, my most successful attempts at writing haiku. When I initially set out to participate in Global Haiku 2009, I had very little knowledge of what to expect. Writing has always been an interest of mine and, for awhile, held the forefront when it came time to select a field of study. I was equal parts curious and nervous to begin my foray into the unknown world of haiku. Little did I know how rewarding the journey would be . . .

My approach to writing haiku varies with each individual case. My inspiration is sometimes determined by my current mood, a song on the radio, a person passing me on the street, etc. The idea of haiku providing "snapshots of life" became the central focus of my studies—the ability to capture individual moments in time, much like in "naturalism"; a slice of everyday life. Keeping this concept in mind, I was also able to tap into the sensual elements of my writing, which is essential to composing quality haiku.

I feel that the following haiku not only demonstrate these abilities, but also inspire readers to look beyond the mundane language to discover their deeper motivations.

Reader's Introduction

My experience with reading and writing haiku (prior to this semester—Spring '09) was limited to developing my own series of 5-7-5 links in elementary school. I almost found it laughable that Billy, one of my closest friends, would be taking a course entirely dedicated to the subject. However, as the class progressed (and Billy continually asked for my help), I found myself surprising intrigued by the subject.

It wouldn't be fair for me to attempt to analyze my friend's work. I don't have the proper wealth of knowledge to do it justice. However, I will say that Billy's passionate approach to writing haiku did not go unnoticed, especially among his closet friends. He seemed a great deal more focused than usual—more interested in his school work.

From what I can tell (and from what I've read), Billy's haiku have the ability to go beyond what ordinary language can say. His conceptual approach "snapshots of life" is not only relevant, but also extremely effective.

—Vince Modugno, friend & roommate

Billy book

crowded city street
hundreds of people
going nowhere

late night conversation
under a swollen moon
my father and I


home at last—
my belongings
packed away

stroke of midnight
eager lips part
New Year's kiss


downpour of rain
in the humidity—
the countless lies

tossing and turning
against the tide—
midnight fisherman


in sudden silence
the rain whispers
my secret . . .

vintage radio
playing a love song
I once knew


midnight lover—
she slips the ring
from her finger

© 2009, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.